43 comments on “The “PXP 3 Slim Station” Review.

  1. SOLD! I almost bit my tongue off laughing while reading this review, so that’s worth a tenner right there. I think someone out there has a longer TV cable for it, but I’ll need to research that. My money says it’s some Asian ebay seller who sells the PXP (or Pee XP as it shall now be known) and wants to make an extra dollar plus change on that longer cable.

    • Thanks. Yeah there was some very oriental lettering inscribed on the base of the box, which is suggestive of a product that adheres to license regulations. And constructed with the utmost professilism. As you can tell I’m very confident in the longevity of this product.

      • One more thing. You can easily tell the difference between the two models, even on their seller’s photos (apparently the ebay seller I got mine from was using honest photos of the actual model I was being sold) by seeing its face buttons.

        The MD-2700 model uses all the standard buttons (four face buttons, four arrow buttons, Start, Select, and Reset). The AGS-003 adds two additional useless buttons, tiny circular buttons on the bottom next to the Reset button, labelled as T-A and T-B. Not sure what those mean, but that’s the only way to tell the difference from a front view. I like the MD-2700 better even though it has its inconveniences; the audio is just cooler in my opinion.

    • I just used one of those cheap mini series PAL-NTSC converters as an extension for my AV cables (it still worked that way even after the converter itself stopped doing its job). Eventually I ended up buying another cheap console where the controller (shaped like a 1/2 sized PlayStation controller) was the whole system and it had a PXP3-type cable which was like four or five times as long. Works well.
      The system’s RK2500 sound card makes the audio pitch shift downward and desynchronize, but the quality itself still sounds all right. The bass and PSG are even boosted, and some game soundtracks even worked all right with the oddly shifted channels and sounded better (Raiden Trad being a prime example for me). I’d recommend this thing myself, personally. I got both models, and gave one to my friend David. So far it’s been over a year and they both still function (although the AGS-003 model’s AV out stopped working when I accidentally jammed the jack in there too hard one day…couldn’t figure out how to fix it when I took the unit apart). So just treat it as fragile as it feels, and it’ll last you. I even dropped mine a couple times and it still plays well.
      Here’s differences between both:
      1. Audio pitch and channel issues, but good volume and general quality. The volume of the device itself goes pretty high.
      2. Although all games are inside the device, the cards activate others using switches.
      3. AV cable isn’t hot pluggable. You have to reset the system when switching from portable/TV. System plays games at 60Hz speed in portable mode and 50Hz speed in AV out mode. Some games that aren’t supposed to slow down music in PAL will still do it in AV mode.
      4. The buttons press softly, but they are responsive.
      5. The menu plays an 8 bit version of Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.
      1. Audio is corrected, but the quality is mushy and horrible even when using the AV out on a TV. Sometimes it sounds all right, other times it just goes into mashed potato mode. Also, the volume on the device alone does not go very high at all. The speaker seems worse than on the other model; perhaps switching the speakers around would help? Or perhaps this one’s got an even worse sound card than the Red Kid 2500.
      2. Comes with only one cartridge and it only randomizes the original list. This means you don’t need to use any cartridge at all; the games are all on the device. 156 total, 8 more than the MD-2700.
      3. AV cable is hot pluggable. You don’t have to reset the system to switch. System begins at PAL speed in portable mode and is always PAL when playing on TV. It switches to NTSC speed (60Hz) in portable mode if you unplug the AV jack.
      4. The buttons are clicky, but just as responsive.
      5. The menu plays much more bouncy gamey music.

  2. That’s an astounding review good sir. I can’t really comprehend why anyone is making stuff like this. With emulation so rife that’s what I expected it to be but fake games? That’s completely blown my mind. I think I’ll stick to trying to fit this raspberry pi into my old gameboy case…

    • Yeah I was shocked by “Super Mario Brothers” too. Also the supposed 16 bit Harry Potter game is apparently a sequel? A very odd games console.

  3. “…when a package arrived weighing less than an anorexic cotton bud…”

    Isn’t it always terrifying when you order some sort of electronic thing and it turns out to be lighter than a feather? I always think they forgot to put the insides in!

    Thank you for saving us from this PXP thing, by the way. I’ve seen it online and was, at one time, almost curious enough to pick it up. Now I can rest easy and save my pennies.

    • I was a little concerned when it arrived as light as it was! Yeah it’s certainly not something I would consider buying again. But I didn’t think it would even work so, in a way, it acceded my expectations.

  4. Your grammar and spelling are absolutely disgusting. You use an extensive vocabulary and yet make simple mistakes such as “beaks” versus car brakes and the wrong tense. It slightly annoys me how you appear to have a very good vocabulary and terrible writing. The review was ok, but overall you opinion was so incredibly negative and filled with unnecessary comments.

  5. I have one of them myself, and believe ot or not, I actually like it. It introduced me to a few good games I never knew existed, and it has both Sonic 1 and 2 on it. The system’s got an adequate battery, I’ll admit (and even if the battery did stop working, the system does work if you use the charger as an AC). I can play mine while charging it too. It gives me plenty of warning when the battery’s getting low. I use a portable charger; that helps a lot as well.

    I got mine over a month ago and it’s still going strong. My TV has its AV outlets on the side, not the back, so I can enjoy the TV experience. While it doesn’t improve the sound quality, the TV speakers still make it more bassy and that’s something. The whole thing functions as I expected. For a scale of 1-10 as to how good general ripoff consoles are, I’d give it an 8.

    -1: Sonic the Hedgehog, my favorite game on here, is a bit slower than it’s supposed to be (but the channels are in sync, unlike some other PXP3 models).

    -1: That bad sound quality I mentioned. Sometimes it fluctuates up to the point that it actually sounds good for a few minutes, though. Loud enough speaker too.

  6. I bought it and it’s not as bad as you say it is. The fact that it’s light is a good thing, as it still has decent battery life, and it probably could withstand being dropped. It doesn’t overheat like a phone or a tablet. The games (at least the ones I’ve tried) run perfectly and the speakers are loud. If you want to play this kind of retro game but don’t like using touchscreen devices and don’t want to run down your phone battery, I would recommend this.
    I get the feeling you just wanted to write a scathing review because you’re that kind of person.

    • I would hardly call it scathing. It is a cheap knock off that revels in the fact that it’s a cheap knock off. But like I said in my review it only cost me £10 and does the fundamental basics that some higher priced devices don’t; work. The fact that it functions well, considering the price, is it’s strongest attribute. I wasn’t expecting a premium device and wasn’t disapointed with what I received. Hell I still pick it up on occasion to try my hand at some TMNT’s!
      I’m glad that you’re enjoying the system, it’s great for what it is; a cheap alternative to the more expensive emulators out there. Have a good Christmas Larry.

  7. I bought one of these for my GF so I wouldn’t have to dig about in the loft to find her old Amiga so she can play Cannon Fodder.
    She knows more about this sort of thing than I do and she gives it the thumbs up.
    So, all’s well that ends well.

  8. This is actually the worst review ever. Not even funny. Way too many attempts at boring metaphors. Get to the point already.. Don’t quit your day job.

  9. I took my battery out and put it back in to break any static charge. Then put it on the charger an hour. It then worked good.

  10. If you poke around on the youtubes you’ll find an interesting hack for this console that eliminates the need for the cartridges completely, as all of this system’s games are built into the handheld itself.
    The carts merely short one of two sets of wires and select a romset from an internal chip on startup/reset.

  11. Wonderful conversation. Nice that you’ve kept the comments growing. Was looking for info on PXP3, and found this, and now I want one, too. And, of course, if GF is happy, then things are great. (married since 1992)

  12. I found mine at Tanga dot com, where they also offer free shipping and a product protection plan (which I took advantage of, given the relative light-weight construction and cheapness of the build.)

    This was definitely an investment in nostalgia, and I am happy to be playing Streets of Rage and Shinobi and Golden Axe and Battletoads and Ghosts & Goblins and Sonic Spinball and so many other fondly remember favorites once more. Great review – spot on!

  13. My son pulled the game out while it was switched on. Now it’s just a white screen with the music playing when I switch it on.
    Is there a easy fox for this..

  14. “as is it’s flagrant regard for spell-check”

    Oh, the irony in “you’re” highly unoriginal blog post. 🙂

    • This is because the device outputs in PAL video, not NTSC. On some newer CRTs and early HDTVs (even rarely some of the newer models), the device shows just a black and white screen, but on older models (if you can’t control V-hold) and most EDTVs the screen will even scroll infinitely, making play impossible.

      You can get full color by using a PAL to NTSC converter or by playing this on an HDTV. It doesn’t look too bad on one of those. The device was made in China, which uses the PAL system, so naturally they made it that way.

      I think the device might have some kind of problem on some HDTVs though with its color, besides the video system. I used a PAL camera once on an HDTV and it showed color, but then this system was still displaying in black and white. I don’t know. Like I said above about it having unknown problems with even some newer models, it’s just cheap and unpredictable. But 95/100 it should work on the first HDTV you try.

    • In my occasional experience you may have better luck if the TV uses legacy composite ports, rather than sharing composite with its component set.

    • One last thing…if you’re hooking the device up to your green component port in the TV…perhaps the problem is that it does NOT share composite. In that case, use the yellow, white and red composite legacy ports, or of those aren’t on the TV, you may be out of luck.

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